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Old Apr 3, 18, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by AAExecPlatFlier View Post
Call AA then.


It's not that serious. But if you can see it I wonder what I am doing wrong, thanks for the help anyway!
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Old Apr 3, 18, 6:26 am
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Does seem to be gone. Wonder if it is a glitch or if they are showing it only for the -st quarter. Hmmm. I gues Call AA then.


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Old Apr 3, 18, 7:57 am
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Seat selections on flight to Europe (Paris)

Hi, I'm new to AA, so this question was probably asked before, thus apologies if I repeat...

I just booked CLT-CDG flight for 5/22, and I don't seem to be able to select seats - unless I pay AA big bucks ($142/pp for extra leg room & early boarding, or $77 for "favorable location". Really?)
Is this typical/normal? We didn't pay a lot for our tix, and if we paid $142x2 for early boarding, both ways, it'd be like paying 50% more for our tickets. Duh....

What are the rules for seat selection before departure? Will there be any chance wife and I will sit next to each other?
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Old Apr 3, 18, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by MileJunkieIsHereAgain View Post
Hi, I'm new to AA, so this question was probably asked before, thus apologies if I repeat...

I just booked CLT-CDG flight for 5/22, and I don't seem to be able to select seats - unless I pay AA big bucks ($142/pp for extra leg room & early boarding, or $77 for "favorable location". Really?)
Is this typical/normal? We didn't pay a lot for our tix, and if we paid $142x2 for early boarding, both ways, it'd be like paying 50% more for our tickets. Duh....

What are the rules for seat selection before departure? Will there be any chance wife and I will sit next to each other?
Some of the answers depend on which fare you purchased. For example, “B” or “Basic Economy” on AA (also offered by other airlines) means no advance seat selection (assigned at checkin) or overhead carryon. See AA Basic Economy Fare as of 2017 (Soon on AY, BA, IB) (Master thread).

As well, AA is one of the airlines that has monetized much of the flying experience: if you have no status and purchased a lower gate, it is more restricted and may incur costs for “premium” or better seating, etc.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 9:58 am
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Defective Seat Pod on Long-haul AA Flight

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Recently flew AA 154 (ORD-NRT) on 57,500 mile business class award ticket. One hour into the flight it was discovered that seat pod and tray table were defective, and I had to eat meals on armrest. Could not use tray table for work. Power plugs were not working in the seat as well. Could not be reseated as cabin was full. FA issued 2000 miles for the problem. I e-mailed customer relations twice stating that 2000 miles was not satisfactory compensation for a 13+ hour flight. Their response is "too bad" that's what we compensate for a broken tray table.

I have no elite AAdvantage status (regular member) but have 730K lifetime miles since 1982. Do I have any further recourse with them?
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Old Apr 3, 18, 11:27 am
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I recommend reading the thread Questions for 2018 about, guide to, listing of, compensation (master thd), starting with the Wikipost at the top of the page.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 12:29 pm
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I don't see my Fare Basis, all it says (on-line) "Economy". I was able to assign seats on ATL-CLT and CLT-ATL legs, but not the ones over the water.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 2:13 pm
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It should be in the email confirmation.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 4:05 pm
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Carry on baggage check in Miami

Hello everyone,
I'm traveling from Italy to CUN on AA premium economy and I have a question about transit in MIA.
Since I plan on traveling with all diving gear, I'll bring my canister diving light. Do you know if transiting in Miami I have to pass again through security or re-check luggage? I don't want a TSA idiot confiscating me my 1500$ light (legal and UN38.3 compliant, but I really don't want to argue with US officials)

Thanks!
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Old Apr 3, 18, 4:16 pm
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I'm wondering if I should switch my flight out of JFK to CX F so that I can access the JFK AA Flagship lounge with F dining. My current flight will give me access to the LH Senator Lounge without the dining, Is the AA experience significantly better on the ground at JFK?
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Old Apr 3, 18, 4:30 pm
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I'm wondering if I should switch my flight out of JFK to CX F so that I can access the JFK AA Flagship lounge with F dining. My current flight will give me access to the LH Senator Lounge without the dining, Is the AA experience significantly better on the ground at JFK?
What is your current itinerary, and does switching to CX make sense or are you just considering it for lounge access at JFK?
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Old Apr 3, 18, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by LordElrond View Post
Hello everyone,
I'm traveling from Italy to CUN on AA premium economy and I have a question about transit in MIA.
Since I plan on traveling with all diving gear, I'll bring my canister diving light. Do you know if transiting in Miami I have to pass again through security or re-check luggage? I don't want a TSA idiot confiscating me my 1500$ light (legal and UN38.3 compliant, but I really don't want to argue with US officials)

Thanks!
Alessandro
I believe all internatinal arrivals do the custome thing, get baggage and come out on the public side so yes, you would have to do security again.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 6:19 pm
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What is your current itinerary, and does switching to CX make sense or are you just considering it for lounge access at JFK?
Currently its JAL in F for JFK-NRT leaving at 11:30am and five hour layover in NRT then on to shanghai in J arriving around 9:45 pm. If I could swing a good CX flight like 10:00 out of JFK to HKG all in F and then 3 hours in HKG before flying J into SHA landing at 20:10 which may let me catch the maglev into the center vs taking a cab the entire way, which is likely what I would have to do with the JAL flight arrival time. Or taking a 01:30 flight from JFK-HKG and then 5:15-8:15am layover in HKG getting into SHA at 11:05..
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Old Apr 3, 18, 8:01 pm
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Currently its JAL in F for JFK-NRT leaving at 11:30am and five hour layover in NRT then on to shanghai in J arriving around 9:45 pm. If I could swing a good CX flight like 10:00 out of JFK to HKG all in F and then 3 hours in HKG before flying J into SHA landing at 20:10 which may let me catch the maglev into the center vs taking a cab the entire way, which is likely what I would have to do with the JAL flight arrival time. Or taking a 01:30 flight from JFK-HKG and then 5:15-8:15am layover in HKG getting into SHA at 11:05..
If the timing works better for the CX flights, then choose that. The JL product in F is, by many accounts, superior to that of CX, especially over the last few years, when CX has seen a considerable decline in quality. So if the product in the air matters more to you, I'd stick with JL.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 10:00 pm
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If the timing works better for the CX flights, then choose that. The JL product in F is, by many accounts, superior to that of CX, especially over the last few years, when CX has seen a considerable decline in quality. So if the product in the air matters more to you, I'd stick with JL.
Hmm I didn't realize the CX product had gone down that much. Flew them last year and it was alright but not as good as when I flew them 3 years ago. I thought it was just me though. If all else was equal I probably would just stay with JAL but the dates and times are a bit better with CX availability. Was interested in the new AA flagship lounge but it probably isn't of the same caliber as international F lounges I suppose.
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